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Dec 10, 2013 2:00am PST
. president obama is in south africa. he arrived earlier. we have some video actually of the arrival. it's not just president obama. the first lady michelle obama as well. former president george w. bush is with the president. hillary clinton also arrived on air force one, along with here is the arrival. former president bill clinton came separately as did former president jimmy carter. there you see george w. bush. former first lady laura bush. >> both michelle obama and barack obama have said how much he inspired them when mrs. michelle met him last year. >> let's listen in. >> we were talking earlier about the name nelson mandela. the name also madiba. explain that because many refer to him as madiba. >> it's better than mr. mandela or mandela. he actually preferred to be called madiba and i think people didn't know how to refer to him. the sense he was a father figure or a grandfather played in and he was radooted to his south african traditions. a lot of people just blankedly referred to him as tata which is father. when you talk about tata only one really father and the father
Dec 6, 2013 2:00am PST
the world as it should be. when president obama visited south africa this summer, mandela was so ill, the two were unable to meet. still mandela's inspiration played large during the president's trip. president obama returned to robben island, the prison where mandela known as madiba spent 18 years but this time he brought his entire family. >> there was something different about bringing my children and malia is now 15. sasha is 12. and seeing them stand within the walls that once surrounded nelson mandela, i knew this was an experience that they would never forget. i knew that they now appreciated a little bit more the sacrifices that madiba and others had made for freedom. >> reporter: soon after the leader's death was announced, obama said he could not imagine his life without mandela's example. >> we have lost one of the most influential, courageous, and profoundly good human beings that any of us will ever share time with on this earth. he no longer belongs to us. he belongs to the ages. >> reporter: we are told he will head to south africa to pay tribute to nelson mandela and
Dec 9, 2013 2:00am PST
memorial service that will bring dozens of world leaders, including president obama, to south africa starting today. robin kurnow is outside mandela's home this morning. you've just spoken to one of his closest confidants. what did she say? >> we are hearing for the first time what is going on inside this house behind me. the home where nelson mandela died. we have been seeing a lot of people coming outside in the past few days laying flowers, paying their respects. we understand according to african tradition, nelson mandela's wife is sitting on a mattress in the living room in the lounge and receiving people throughout the day. she will be essentially sitting in that position welcoming visitors and there are a lot of visitors. political leaders, friends. people from across south africa that have some sort of importance and they are coming to pay their respects to the widow. we are also hearing from mandela's closest assistant who has worked for him for nearly 20 years, and she gives us some sense what have it's like inside. >> sadness in the house but celebration i almost wa
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